Maurice White Of Earth, Wind & Fire Dead At 74
Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire died in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday after suffering for more than two decades with Parkinson’s Disease. White, the band’s founder, was 74. His death was confirmed by his brother Verdine White.
As one of the singers and songwriters of Earth, Wind & Fire, White was responsible for such hits as “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and “Shining Star.” A seven-time Grammy winner, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the late 1980s, but continued touring with the band, which included his brothers Fred and Verdine, until 1994. Until his death, however, White still had a stake in the band.
Shortly after the announcement of White’s death, Verdine wrote on Facebook, “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”
In addition to his work with Earth, Wind & Fire, White was also a successful music producer, who worked with The Emotions and Deneice Williams, as well as numerous other artists, including Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond. He also wrote songs for TV and a few films, such as Undercover Brother and Coming To America. White is survived by his wife and two children.